Heads in the Clouds: The Evolution of Educational Technologies

  • Regan A. R. Gurung


If you consider yourself technological savvy, the play on words in my title should have been self-evident and perhaps elicited an internal smile. Perhaps the literary allusion evaded you. We live in a world where “cloud computing” is becoming ubiquitous. Data is progressively moving to off-site servers. Your office computer and university account probably do not save your work on the machine at the desk you sit at. Instead, data is now archived, elsewhere at locations only privy to the informational technology folk on your campus or at your institution. With the explosion of online degree granting institutions and the migration of classes from face-toface formats to online formats, education is truly moving into the clouds and our students’ heads explore virtual worlds as educators increasingly use technology in their practices. Parallel to this general trend, there is national recognition that more needs to be done to educate health care providers to better match emergent needs and developments. What are the implications for learning? In setting the stage for the six chapters in the rest of this volume, I first highlight important changes and initiatives in health care and health care education and then provide a brief overview of the different diverse technologies being used in pedagogy, with implications of their use.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Development and PsychologyUniversity of WisconsinGreen BayUSA

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